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How The Horseracing Integrity & Safety Authority Will Change The Horseracing Industry

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Thursday, 14 July 2022 By Aaron Mojarras, Howard Jacobs

The establishment of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) marked a major change in the regulation of safety and anti-doping in the horseracing industry. HISA recently hired its Chief Executive Officer (Lisa Lazarus, who has extensive equestrian experience); its registration requirements & racetrack safety rules were implemented on July 1, 2022; and its Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Protocol will be finalized over the next 6 months and implemented on January 1, 2023.

With the need for the horseracing industry to adapt to these monumental changes, this article discusses:

  1. The creation and responsibilities of HISA;

  2. the registration requirements & racetrack safety rules implemented by HISA and effective on July 1, 2022; and

  3. the HISA Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Protocol that will be implemented on January 1, 2023.

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Aaron Mojarras

Aaron Mojarras

Aaron joined the Law Offices of Howard L. Jacobs as an intern during the spring of 2021 and never looked back, officially becoming an Associate in May 2021. His practice focuses primarily on representing athletes in arbitrations in disciplinary matters (anti-doping and SafeSport), salary disputes (basketball), and team selection disputes.

Howard Jacobs

Howard Jacobs

Howard Jacobs has been identified by leading national and international publications as one of the leading sports lawyers in the world. He is an athlete’s lawyer and not a sports agent. He represents athletes in all types of disputes, with a particular focus on the defense of athletes charged with doping and other disciplinary offenses. He has represented over 250 professional athletes, Olympic athletes and amateur athletes in disputes involving doping, salary issues, team selection issues, SafeSport issues, endorsements, unauthorized use of name and likeness, and other matters. Howard Jacobs has been consistently listed by the Chambers Guide as one of the top ranked lawyers in the United States for athletic disputes.  In addition to his law practice, Howard Jacobs is an Adjunct Professor at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, where he teaches sports law.

As an athlete advocate, Howard provides a voice for athletes and others in all types of disputes; he has argued many landmark cases for athletes, winning cases that have set precedents and established better and more fair practices. Because of this, Howard Jacobs is a sought after expert on sports law issues.

Howard graduated from Florida State University and William and Mary Law School. He ran cross country and track & field for Florida State University and competed as a professional triathlete during law school. He currently resides in Southern California with his wife, two children, a gentle giant of a ridgeback mix, an aussiedoodle puppy and a garage full of bicycles.

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